10 Signs That You Should Quit Your Medical Job

Quit Medical Job

Almost everyone dreams of leaving their job at some time or other, and in a stressful medical position, this can be even more so. If you’re spending more and more time thinking about leaving your current job, browsing recruitment agency sites, or even have a ‘going down in a blaze of glory’ speech ready for that boss you hate, is it time to consider something new? There is, however, a difference between having a bad day, and experiencing a number of significant issues in the workplace. Here are some signs to look out for.


1. You’re Bored

It might be that you’re not using your entire skillset, or the typical patient presentations where you work are much of the same thing. One solution would be to consider something else within the same organisation, or talking to the team to see what else you can do.

2. The Work Isn’t Inspiring You

Sure, not every day at work is meant to be inspiring, but there is probably a good reason you became an emergency nurse, a dental surgeon, or an obstetrician. If what you are doing day to day doesn’t match with your initial passion for the profession, it is a recipe for unhappiness.

3. What You Are Doing Is Inconsistent With Your Values

It might be that you actually enjoy the work, and like your patients, but you are working in a GP practice with a minimum quota of twelve patients per hour. If one of your values is to spend quality time with your patients, five minute consultations is probably not going to be consistent with that value set.

4. The Boss Is Hard To Work With

You don’t have to be best friends with the boss, but if you are constantly in conflict with them, you need to consider whether it is worth staying in the position.

5. The Pay Is Uncompetitive

If you’re a dentist, and you know that the new practice around the corner can offer you 30% more than you are making in your current job, you should talk to your employer to see if things can change where you are now. If they are not willing to budge, think about looking elsewhere.

6. You Don’t Feel Valued

This is pretty subjective, but it’s important to feel like you are being listened to and that your opinions are valued. One physio told me that they had suggested a new pilates class to the owner of their practice. Although it was something that was clinically supported, and many competitors were offering it, the boss didn’t want to change anything. Most everyone has had an experience like this, but if it is a regular pattern, it can be extremely demotivating.

7. Your Stress Levels Are At Maximum

Are you losing sleep over what is happening in your workplace? Getting sick more often than usual, or feeling down? Healthcare professionals are often the last ones to identify symptoms of stress, and other mental health issues. Step back to think critically about whether the issues are workplace specific.

8. It’s A Bad Cultural Fit

If there are things about where you work that just don’t sit right with you, it’s a bad sign. For example, if a bullying culture is accepted, or lecherous senior colleagues are let off the hook, you need to either address the issues head on, or get out of there.

9. There Are Big Financial Cuts

If you suspect that your employer is struggling financially, or they are facing huge budget cuts in your department, you should get your CV ready. Loyalty is a great attribute to have, but if there are twenty other physicians looking for a position at the same time as you, you want to get in quickly.

10. You Spend More Time Thinking About Leaving

Are you constantly daydreaming about quitting your job, or browsing medical recruitment agency sites for options? Consider whether it might be more worthwhile to actually find a new position.


Even if you are ready to leave your current job, for many healthcare professions there is the option to work as a casual or locum while you are looking for something better. In fact, may people use temporary contracts as a try-before-you-buy arrangement to test an employer before committing.


If you identify with some of the issues in this article, speak with one of our medical career experts. Complete the form below to become a Beat Medical insider today, and receive our free CV and Interview eBooks. A recruiter will be in contact with you quickly to discuss your options.

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